Cyclists and sports geeks will turn their eating habits to anything in pursuit of that ultimate performance nutrition. From a relative of cannabis to the after effects of a steaming hot curry, whatever it takes, right?! We cast our view on some of the cycling superfoods foods that really hold the secrets, and why…
Here is what we know about the therapeutic benefits of hemp. Excellent 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health. High in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid found in borage oil and egg yolks that has been proven to naturally balance hormones.
The power of America’s favourite dessert drizzle are now being tapped into – as UnTapped, a maple syrup energy gel created by pro cyclist Ted King. Among its nutritional plus points is a series of minerals and electrolytes, including sodium, said to maintain blood fluid levels during exercise, and potassium which prevents muscle cramping.
A 2011 study from the University of Rhode Island highlights maple syrup’s anti-inflammatory properties – on a par with those found in berries, tea, red wine and flax seed.
Stir into porridge or work into a pre-race energy meal (and take as a gel once it’s available in the UK).